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Do labour mobility and networks foster geographical knowledge diffusion? The case of European regions

  • Ernest Miguele


    (Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO; AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona.)

  • Rosina Moreno


    (AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona)

The goal of this paper is twofold: first, we aim to assess the role played by inventors’ cross-regional mobility and networks of collaboration in fostering knowledge diffusion across regions and subsequent innovation. Second, we intend to evaluate the feasibility of using mobility and networks information to build cross-regional interaction matrices to be used within the spatial econometrics toolbox. To do so, we depart from a knowledge production function where regional innovation intensity is a function not only of the own regional innovation inputs but also external accessible R&D gained through interregional interactions. Differently from much of the previous literature, cross-section gravity models of mobility and networks are estimated to use the fitted values to build our ‘spatial’ weights matrices, which characterize the intensity of knowledge interactions across a panel of 269 regions covering most European countries over 6 years.

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Date of creation: Jul 2012
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